National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, August 25th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Karstens pitched into the eighth inning
and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC
Karstens (5-3) gave up seven hits and struck out four, but left in the eighth
inning with a groin injury after giving up a pair of singles to start the
"He had some great location and command with his pitches tonight," said
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle about Karstens. "He was able to keep most of
them in check before leaving and I don't have any update on the injury."
Jose Tabata, Travis Snider, Michael McKenry and Karstens each drove in a run
for the playoff-contending Pirates, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Shaun Marcum (5-4) pitched for the first time in over two months and gave up
four unearned runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts over five
innings for the Brewers, who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Aramis
Ramirez had three of Milwaukee's nine hits.
"I got a little tired there in the fifth inning, but other than that I felt
pretty good," Marcum said.
The game stayed scoreless until the fifth when the Pirates put four runs on
the board. Neil Walker reached base to start the inning when his hit to center
was misplayed by Carlos Gomez. Two batters later, McKenry doubled Walker home
and later scored on a Karstens single. A Tabata double followed by a Snider
single each scored a run for a 4-0 game.
Meanwhile, Karstens faced the minimum through the first four innings, but gave
up a leadoff double to Ramirez to start the top of the fifth. He stranded him
there, though, as he struck out the next two batters and got Gomez to ground
out and end the frame.
In the sixth, the Brewers got consecutive one-out singles from pinch-hitter
Travis Ishikawa and Norichika Aoki, but Karstens struck out Rickie Weeks and
induced a pop out from Ryan Braun to escape the jam.
Jeff Bianchi singled to leadoff the eighth for Milwaukee, the first hit of his
career, and Nyjer Morgan followed with an infield single.
Karstens pitched a ball to Aoki before stepping off the field with the injury.
Tony Watson took over and forced Aoki into a fielder's choice that saw Morgan
forced out at second. Jason Grilli then took the mound and struck out Weeks
before getting Braun to hit into a fielder's choice at short to end the frame.
The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth against Joel Hanrahan,
but he struck out Morgan to end the game.
Each team has won four games in the season series ... Marcum had been out
since June 14 due to right elbow tightness. He fell to 2-2 in six matchups
against the Pirates ... Karstens won his first game against the Brewers and is
now 1-5 against them ... Milwaukee left nine men on base and batted 1-for-10
with runners in scoring position.
08/26 01:23:14 ET